Thursday, 30 January 2014

Mushroom Chili

It is snowing in Austin which is very unusual. It seems it snowed almost after 5 years. Its is very very cold outside & we have stayed indoors for the last 3 days. We have now moved into our new apartment & I am busy unpacking things.

I had enrolled Zion to a play school last week & he goes there 3 days a week. Day 1 he was excited to go to the school & in the evening when I went to pick him up he was OK, but I knew he was not very happy. The next day he kept saying "No school Mama".. "no school.. But still I had to send him:( Day 2 & 3 he was crying in the school & somehow he doesn't like to go to school. This week I dint send him due to bad weather & the lill boy is all happy at home troubling me:)

Coming back to today's recipe, Mushrooms are very versatile & just a pinch of salt/pepper is enough for it to taste great. Mushrooms are very easy to cook & they get done fast too. I make Mushroom Chili quite often as it can be done very quick. This is a simple recipe just the way I make chili chicken. There are recipes where Mushrooms are deep fried & then put in the chili sauce, but in my recipe I haven't deep fried them. You can call this a healthy chili Mushroom. This is how I made these.

Serves: 4
Making time: 20 mins

  • 2 pack White Button Mushrooms
  • 1 medium Onions layered & cut
  • 3 Tbspn chopped Garlic
  • 4 Tbspn Soya Sauce
  • 2 Tbspn water
  • 1 tspn or more Red chili powder (Kashmiri/Paprika)
  • half Green Bell pepper (Capsicum) Cut into cubes
  • 4 Tbspn Cooking oil
  • Salt as per taste
  1. Wash/ clean the Mushrooms & Cut them into quarter (1 mushrooms into 4 pieces)
  2. In a Non stick Pan or wok add 4 Tbspn oil & shallow fry the mushrooms along with some salt until all the water is drained off & the mushrooms are golden brown.
  3. Remove mushrooms from the pan & set aside.
  4. In the same pan you will have the left over oil. Just incase the oil is drained off, add in another 2 tbspn of oil & fry the garlic for 30 seconds.
  5. Add the layered onions & fry them until translucent just for about 2 minutes. Now turn off the heat & add in soya sauce, chili powder & 2 Tbspn water.
  6. Add in the shallow fried Mushrooms in the pan along with the Green bell pepper & give it a good mix. Now turn on the heat, Close lid & cook this for just a minute or 2 on medium flame. The chili mushrooms are ready to serve.

  • If the Muhsrooms are really small you need not cut them into quarter. Since mine was medium size, I cut them.
  • A good soya sauce will be salty & tangy so you need not add in lemon juice. In case you don't have a good quality soya sauce then you might want to add in some lemon juice for a lill tanginess.
  • Turning off heat after adding soya sauce is very important or else the sauce will drain off.
  • Capsicum/bell peppers are added in the end so that they are crunchy. Make sure you don't over cook them.
  • The step by step picture was taken when I made from one packet of Mushroom. The recipe above is for 2 packs of Mushrooms. In case you are making for 2 or 3 people, Then 1 packet is more than enough & just add half the quantity of ingredients mentioned above.
The last step where water, Mushrooms & Capsicum is added is missed out in the step by step picture:(


  1. The stir fry looks awesome...perfect with chapati....good to know that u have settled down...hope Zion too gets adjusted with his new school routine and new friends

    1. Thx Anupa. Zion is ok now & hope he enjoys school life.

  2. This dish is making me melt all the way and its the spicy flavor of the chilies. Kids adopt quite fast and I'm sure your little one will get used to the new school and friends.

  3. Hi sheela, how much is one pack mushrooms? 1/4, 1/2 kg??

    1. I don't know the exact weight Zenia but it must be around 300 gms. These are mostly available in those packs at most grocery stores.( target, whole foods etc) in terms of cup measurements, it who'll be 2 cups chopped white button mushrooms. I hope this info helps. The next time I pick up these, I will look for its weight.

  4. Hi Sheela...first of all...beautiful and simply superb fotos..
    Hope Zion gets adjusted to his new school.
    Love ur simple recipe of chili mushrioms..yumm

    1. Thx Suhaina:) how are you doing? Zion is doing better now at school. Hope he starts loving school:)

  5. Perfect for fried rice. Loved the clicks.

  6. this looks really lipsmacking dear... i doubt if i am seeing ur posts on my feed... hmm... hope u r getting adjusted to ur life there...

  7. Beautiful clicks.......Love to have this with tempting and mouthering mushroom stir fry...... :)

  8. Mouth watering !


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